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Tripura Human Rights Organization staged protest against Supreme Court’s verdict in Prashant Bhushan Case : ‘We can’t accept this Verdict ! Criticism can’t be Contempt’, says Senior Advocate of Tripura High Court
TIWN Aug 23, 2020
Tripura Human Rights Organization staged protest against Supreme Court’s verdict in Prashant Bhushan Case : ‘We can’t accept this Verdict ! Criticism can’t be Contempt’, says Senior Advocate of Tripura High Court
PHOTO : Tripura Human Rights Organization staged protest against SC's verdict in Prashant Bhushan Case. TIWN Photos Aug 23, 2020

AGARTALA / NEW DELHI, Aug 23 (TIWN): Senior Lawyer of Supreme Court Prashant Bhushan’s fight for Citizens’ Rights hailed by Tripura Human Rights Organization, condemning Supreme Court’s verdict against Prashant Bhushan after he tweeted criticism on Supreme Court. Addressing media, Senior Advocate of Tripura High Court, Purushottom Roy Barman said, “The verdict given by Supreme Court in Prashant Bhushan case is not justice. We, the Human Rights Organization is concerned about the verdict. We can’t accept this verdict which snatches Freedom of Speech. We are raising our demand before the Supreme Court that this verdict should be reviewed and it should be cancelled immediately. As a common citizen one has right to criticize the Supreme Court or its verdict. Criticism can never be contempt of Court. Supreme Court should stand beside the people and save human rights, citizens rights and democracy can be strengthened through the Supreme Court only. We want Supreme Court to be stronger. It should establish rule of law in the country. Supreme Court must safeguard people’s Freedom of Speech, rather than snatching”.

“Unfortunately, Prashant Bhushan’s tweets were labeled as contempt whereas people should have right to criticize and criticism only strengthen the justice system. When Govts want to snatch human rights, people go to the Supreme Court. We still have trust on Supreme Court. It must review its decision as it is hampering Supreme Court’s image also”, said Purushottom Roy Barman.

He mentioned, it’s a positive side that people across India are supporting Prashant Bhushan and even the Attorney General is also supporting him.

Two days before the deadline given by the Supreme Court to tender "unconditional apology" in the contempt case, Advocate Prashant Bhushan stressed on the need to speak truth to power and said that one should be prepared even to go to jail for that.  He was speaking at a Facebook Live session organized by the the Students Federation of India yesterday on the topic "Decoding Democracy".  "We are at a difficulty juncture of history. We have to understand the worst assault that our Republic has ever seen on every value of the Constitution. Every institution set up the Constitution is under attack. We need to resist that. There is a concerted attempt to convert India into a Hindu State. There is an attempt to prevent people from speaking up. We need to resist that. We need to speak out. We need to speak truth to power. And, in that process, if they try and victimize us, they try and jail us, we should be prepared to suffer that. If we are not prepared for that today or tomorrow, then there will be nothing left to fight for", Bhushan said.

 

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